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Your system looks very nice but I do have three questions. Are your thermocouples or RTD's mounted out on the end after the valve and the tee?
If that is true do you get accurate temp readings of what is in the keggle? The second question I have is I see you have the sensors plugged into a nice connector on your control panel. Are the connectors designed for the sensors? Lastly, are you using the S8610U intermittent pilot gas valves?
First question: Yes they are AFTER the ball valves, for now. I might move the ball valves to before the Triclamp fitting and after the RTD's. In discussing the set-up with Kladue i determined that this set-up might be good since we have the Gas Valves and modules set-up to run on manual for the initial heat up, then switch to "Auto" and open the valves and start re-circulating for some very accurate readings and do final adjustments to the temp with the PIDS.

Second Question: The connectors for the probes on the control panels are Re-Purposed CB mic plugs. Larger versions of the ones from Auber. Seamed to make sense and work like a champ. The PIDS read them and LOVE em.

Last question: Yes, that is what makes this whole system so freaking cool. that think will do it all, might even drink the beer.

Like I said, just preliminary testing so far but ALL worked great.
 

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How did you attach the heat shields? It looks like they are just attached with a bolt and nut and fit tight around the burner.

Any issues with using steel sheet?
 
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Not that detailed. I just cut the depth, formed a circle and dropped them in, once in I clamped with vise locked and then drilled and riveted. Not attached by anything but gravity. No need for anything else. where the hell are they gonna go? No real special engineering here
 
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The other good aspect of the heat shields are the Low pressure hurricane burners really like the wind shield. It also benefits in containing the gas from the burners and much quicker ignition from the pilot lights.
 

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I use high pressure propane and each jet burner is about 125 BTU's! Anyone think I will have issues with this method? I am planning on picking up some sheet metal today after work.
 
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I am getting close to an actual full water test. I have the control panel all wired and ready. I am waiting for a couple more barbed fittings for my hoses. all the gas is plumbed and sealed and works great.

Decided to go with off the shelf 12" dia. lids instead of working with the old cut-outs. Started to do a full water test this weekend but discovered that one of the RTD probes was defective and throwing false readings. Called Abuer Inst. and discussed it with them. This was the second malfunction of the 4" RTD Liquid Tight QD probes and I asked them to send me the 2" versions. The customer service from them has been good. I unfortunatl;y was not able to get them in time for a weekend test run.

The probes should be here today. Once the barbs fittings show up we are going to get rolling. Pictures coming soon.
 

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I initially put rings around my banjos, it worked great right up until I put my keggles onto the stand . The keg acted like a lid and contained the gases. The flame was disrupted bigtime and just swirled underneath the keg. It licked my frame and screwed it up. I fixed it by raising my kegs up and allowing them to exhaust.

I would test just one burner and keg first that way you just screw up one area of your frame. Anyway, I hope none of this happens and your machine passes your test with flying colors.
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I initially put rings around my banjos, it worked great right up until I put my keggles onto the stand . The keg acted like a lid and contained the gases. The flame was disrupted bigtime and just swirled underneath the keg. It licked my frame and screwed it up. I fixed it by raising my kegs up and allowing them to exhaust.

I would test just one burner and keg first that way you just screw up one area of your frame. Anyway, I hope none of this happens and your machine passes your test with flying colors.
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I thought of all that when I made the rings. They do not go all the way up to the bottom of the keggles. It has about two to three inches to the bottom of the keggles.

The burners are not "Banjo" burners in that they are not high pressure. They are Low Pressure hurricane burners. They all seam to LOVE the rings because they do cut down, by a huge amount the cross breeze that can mess with the flames.

But I will let you know. Plan a test burn this week.
 
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Well I am in the water test stages. During the first test I discovered the pitfalls of running my wires through the frame with the burner configuration I have.

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Frame made of 2x2x1/8 mild steel. The burners are hurricane burners.

Discovered that the direct connection of the burners to the upper frame allows for a much higher heat transfer to the frame.
Melted the insulation on a couple of wires. Luckily i discovered it before any shorts.

Re-wired and all is well, KIND OF.

Using 2 Honeywell Y8610U. Intermittent gas flow valves with pilot lights with Honeywell control modules.

Problem I am having is this...

I fill the keggles with 8-9 gallons of water. no leaks thank god... Plug in the RTD leads. Hit the main power switch. Beast comes to life. PIDS glow and all is WAY COOL!!

Throw the switch to the HLT gas valve to auto, Pilot sparks and lights. Valve clicks open and feeds gas to the burner, PRESTO I am cooking water.
Open the ball valves and prime the march pumps and the recirc begins. water temp comes up and all is way cool.

Same procedure for the MT. After a minute i notice the PID is flashing off and back on again which is causing the module to malfunction shutting off the gas and killing the burner. After as second or two the PID comes back to life and fires the pilot then the burner. Then dies again. I figure OKAY a bad PID. No problem get another one and lets rock.

Then after a home brew and sitting there watching the HLT continue to work properly. and VERY puzzled, The HLT hits a test temp of 150*f and shuts down just as it is supposed to do. I am VERY excited now. Pump still going on the HLT Temp stays at 150-151 FOR EVER it seemed. (I liked this)

I think HEY lets try the MT again. So I fire it up and it comes to life at 90*f and runs perfectly for about 10 minutes. The HLT drops to 149*f No Problems. No flashing PID, No flame out, PERFECTLY.

UNTILL, you guessed it, the HLT drops below 148*f and the PID calls for heat and the gas valve fires the pilot light and then the burner. Right on que, the MT PID and gas valve go into vapor lock and I have to shut it down.

I am VERY concerned at this point.

HLT: Works PERFECTLY, PEROID
MT: Works perfectly as long as the HLT burner is not running. With the HLT running PERFECTLY it has an attitude display.

What the hell is going on here?

What I know:
All is wired correctly
No Shorts during the melt down.
When each is fired individually they work perfectly.
When are fired together, the HLT continues to work perfectly and the MT has a fit.
Burners are running at MAYBE 20%, not throttled all the way up by any means.

Can anybody please give me some ideas?

I was thinking that the gas is low and thus causing the gas valve, which monitors pressure and will shut down if it is too low, to malfunction and cause the problem. but why just the MT and not both? Is it that simple? can the "Down Stream" burner be affected this easily?

I have ONE transformer to power both modules and PIDS and gas valves. MORE than enough power to cover all that. It acts like a power failure, but again why not BOTH? Why just the MT set-up?

Sorry for the book here

Please help.

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There are 2 possibilities, the output is selected for SSR, or the internal power supply is going to give up the magic smoke. Check the "outY" setting and make sure it is set to 4, if so pull connections to #4 & #5 and watch to see if it continues to cycle on and off. If it is set correctly then it probably needs a replacement unit as there is probably an internal power supply problem.
 

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I have ONE transformer to power both modules and PIDS and gas valves. MORE than enough power to cover all that. It acts like a power failure, but again why not BOTH? Why just the MT set-up?

Sorry for the book here

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Sure sounds like you have a wiring problem to me. It has nothing to do with gas pressure. The first indication of an electrical problem is the PID's flashing on and off. You indicate that you are powering the PID's from 24 VAC. Should it not be 120 VAC? The 24 VAC should only power your S8610. There should be no connection from your Transformer directly to the Gas Valve. The S8610 powers the Gas Valve. I would check our your AC wiring and make sure the wiring is as below:

 

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OK , here is my first post. I have been lurking for a while now. And amassing my brutus 10 build parts. I thought that I had everything except that I am waiting for the out of stock hurricanes from NB. My plan was to go ng without any electronic controls for now, but I am re-thinking that approach. What was involved in your semi-automation? What parts did yuse guys use and who were your sources? I have read a lot, but may need someone to repeat instructions /advice very slowly and in simple terms.
Thanks,
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OK , here is my first post. I have been lurking for a while now. And amassing my brutus 10 build parts. I thought that I had everything except that I am waiting for the out of stock hurricanes from NB. My plan was to go ng without any electronic controls for now, but I am re-thinking that approach. What was involved in your semi-automation? What parts did yuse guys use and who were your sources? I have read a lot, but may need someone to repeat instructions /advice very slowly and in simple terms.
Thanks,
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Actually it is not too difficult, especially when you can get lots of help from the great guys that hang out in the forums. There are alot of ways to go but I chose to use a Honeywell S8610U Intermittent Pilot kit, Q345A1313 Pilot Burner and 390686-1 orifice. I like the Intermittent Pilot Valve, because if the Pilot Blows out it will automatically re-lite itself. The S8610U will work with Natural Gas or Low Pressure Propane. This is helpful if you plan on brewing in the garage with propane (I highly discourage it) as an extra safety measure, because if the pilot goes out, it does not spew propane out the unlit pilot burner. If you choose the S8610U and use propane you will need to adapt your hurricane burners for low pressure propane and use a low pressure propane regulator (<11 WC). I control the S8610U with an Auber Instruments PID and "J" thermocouple. Do a google search on the Honeywell Parts to find the best prices. I bought mine from a local supplier named Patriot Supply and they have an Ebay store. Go to post #53 in this thread for a diagram on how to hook it up. Also read the information contained in https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/gas-temperature-control-dummies-116632/.
 
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I will second SawdustGuy's post. These guys took me through the entire process and All that is left for me to do is cook some beer.

I was worried about the semi automated controllers too. I really love the way they worked yesterday in my last test. I have a minor Temp calibration issue to deal with. Other than that I am ready to rock, Thanks to Kevin and Sawdustguy. They were both able to point me to the necessary equipment, most of which came off ebay, and then get me all connected. It was like Christmas in July around here as the USPS and UPS brought a piece here and there and slowly it all came together.

YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!

Now that I am a seasoned pro.....

I will be glad to help anyway I can.


One tip I have...

If you build out of Mild Steel, like I did, and use the Hurricane Burners (which I like alot) and directly connect them to the frame as I did, then DO NOT run your wires through the frame. Just go ahead and run them through an external conduit and protect them from the heat. Stainless Steel does not radiate the heat the same way mild steel does.

If you look at the Original Brutus, Lonnie used those wok burners and supported them with the gas pipe nipples and fittings and not suspended by the frame like Mine and Sawdustguy's are. Our direct connection transfers more heat to the frame, especially with Mild Steel. The ONLY down side to using the Hurricane is this. Because of their size and method of support they require the mounts to be something like mine and sawdustguy's.

First tool you will need as you start your build is a digital camera.

I have a couple more tweaks left then I will post a photo spread of the set-up I have and field questions.
 

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I will second SawdustGuy's post. These guys took me through the entire process and All that is left for me to do is cook some beer.

I was worried about the semi automated controllers too. I really love the way they worked yesterday in my last test. I have a minor Temp calibration issue to deal with. Other than that I am ready to rock, Thanks to Kevin and Sawdustguy. They were both able to point me to the necessary equipment, most of which came off ebay, and then get me all connected. It was like Christmas in July around here as the USPS and UPS brought a piece here and there and slowly it all came together.

YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!

Now that I am a seasoned pro.....

I will be glad to help anyway I can.


One tip I have...

If you build out of Mild Steel, like I did, and use the Hurricane Burners (which I like alot) and directly connect them to the frame as I did, then DO NOT run your wires through the frame. Just go ahead and run them through an external conduit and protect them from the heat. Stainless Steel does not radiate the heat the same way mild steel does.

If you look at the Original Brutus, Lonnie used those wok burners and supported them with the gas pipe nipples and fittings and not suspended by the frame like Mine and Sawdustguy's are. Our direct connection transfers more heat to the frame, especially with Mild Steel. The ONLY down side to using the Hurricane is this. Because of their size and method of support they require the mounts to be something like mine and sawdustguy's.

First tool you will need as you start your build is a digital camera.

I have a couple more tweaks left then I will post a photo spread of the set-up I have and field questions.
Your brew rig is looking great! You have come a long way in a very short period of time. I am happy to hear everything is working as it should. When we started trading posts I knew you would be successful in a short amount of time as you asked all the right questions. I know I could never have built mine without being a member of Homebrewtalk.com. Better help, you will never find.
 

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Thanks for the replies, I am making mine out of stainless. I really appreciate the info here. I am not qualified to use a digital anything, nevermind trying to upload pics. Download yes, upload umm not so much.
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I am not qualified to use a digital anything, nevermind trying to upload pics. Download yes, upload umm not so much.
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HORSE HOCKEY!!!!!!!

Learn how to upload pics, this is a mandatory requirement.

Have fun and ask any question. No such thing as a stupid question.
 
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Not sure when the first batch is. VERY soon I HOPE.

Hunting season starts on Sept 1st and other pursuits are in store. BUT, and I do mean BUT, It's all about the BEER!!!!!

I am looking for the right recipe for the inaugural voyage. Hope to find one soon
 

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Ok, so were making some progress. The stainless is cut, needs to be cleaned up some, damn chop saw. The burners are on their way. And I ordered 1 y8610u w/ a q345,looks like prices went up recently. So I still need 1 more y8610u and the pids,probes and a couple of ss tees and elbows. It should be off to the welder next weekend and hopefully some pics. Is there anything else needed, besides a waterproof enclosure, and a small bucket of money?
 

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Ok, so were making some progress. The stainless is cut, needs to be cleaned up some, damn chop saw. The burners are on their way. And I ordered 1 y8610u w/ a q345,looks like prices went up recently. So I still need 1 more y8610u and the pids,probes and a couple of ss tees and elbows. It should be off to the welder next weekend and hopefully some pics. Is there anything else needed, besides a waterproof enclosure, and a small bucket of money?
Switch out the small bucket for a large bucket.

Nice looking build Simphoto02.

I'm going to start saving my pennies for one of these.

I'm on my way with 3 kegs (no hardware) and 2 pumps. Now to figure out what I want to put inbetween.
 
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Switch out the small bucket for a large bucket.

Nice looking build Simphoto02.

I'm going to start saving my pennies for one of these.

I'm on my way with 3 kegs (no hardware) and 2 pumps. Now to figure out what I want to put inbetween.
Thanks,

Just gotta figure out how to use the damned thing now...

One batch in the cookers, we will see
 

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Hijack update, just got back from the welder after tacking the burner mounts and last few details. I will get a call from him this week with a total, it will only hurt a LOT!!!
But after having messed up the cuts w/ a metal chopsaw, I didn't want to learn how to weld ss on this project. So it will be money well spent, like having a machine shop cut 12- 6"x6" ss plates w/ a 3"x 5/16" slot in the center for the hurricanes. Can't imagine how bad I would have screwed those up.
Getting a bigger bucket is easy, having my wife fill it is the hard part.
 
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